Editorial policy

Journal of American Studies publishes works by scholars from all over the world on American literatures, history, politics, foreign relations, philosophy, art history, visual culture, economics, film, popular culture, geography, material culture and related subjects. We also welcome research topics covering fields related to American Studies and which include (in alphabetical order): African American Studies; African Diasporic Studies; America in the World Studies; Asian American Studies; Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies; Chinese American Studies; Cultural Studies; Globalisation Studies; Indigenous Studies; Hemispheric Studies; Slavery Studies; Transatlantic Studies; Transnational Studies. A Notes and Comments section provides a forum for shorter pieces and responses from readers to points made in articles, reviews, states of the field/thought pieces/review essays/roundtable contributions. We are also keen to consider contributions that go beyond the normal confines of an academic article— whether these be Research Notes, States of the Field pieces, Thought Pieces, Forums and Roundtable Discussions, Exhibition Commentaries, Research Notes. Proposals on this front should be emailed directly to the editors.

Journal of American Studies welcomes proposals for special issues or special collections of essays within an issue. Proposing editors should initially submit a synopsis of a minimum of 1500 words detailing the academic significance of the collection, and 200 words abstracts of each of the essays as well as a one line contributor biography. These will be considered by the JAS Editorial Team and the journal’s Editorial Board and then sent to readers for feedback. If the proposal passes the initial stage, JAS will then invite full essays, to be read and reviewed using our standard process for submissions.

For more information, please contact the Co-Editors: Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier and Dr. Bevan Sewell (full contact information provided below)

1. Submissions

Papers should be submitted online via the following website at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jamstuds. Authors who do not yet have an account on the online submission site will need to register before submitting a manuscript. If you are unsure about your login details or whether you have an account or not, please use the password help field on the login page. Do not create a new account if you are unsure.

If you experience any difficulties submitting your manuscript, please contact ScholarOne support at http://mchelp.manuscriptcentral.com/gethelpnow/question.htm

Any editorial correspondence should be addressed to the Co-Editors: Professor Celeste- Marie Bernier and Dr. Bevan Sewell on the following email address: jas@baas.ac.uk

Submission of an article is taken to imply that it is an original work of scholarship and has therefore not previously been published, and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors of articles published in the journal assign copyright to Cambridge University Press (with certain rights reserved) and will receive a copyright assignment form for signature on acceptance of your paper.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own copyright, to be used in both print and electronic media and as regards images rights and high resolution files, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

Editorial correspondence relating to book reviews should be sent to the following address: Dr Sinéad Moynihan, Department of English, University of Exeter, The Queen’s Building, The Queen’s Drive, Exeter EX4 4QJ, UK, Email: jasreviews@exeter.ac.uk

2. Manuscript preparation

Articles should not exceed 8,000 words (excluding footnotes) OR 12,000 words (including footnotes).

Manuscripts should be submitted via the online submission system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jamstuds. Authors should remove their name from the manuscript and should ensure that their manuscript is fully anonymised. For this reason, biographical notes and acknowledgements—see below for further details—should NOT be included until an article has been accepted for publication and ONLY at the stage immediately prior to production. Authors should also make sure that any tracked changes on the file have been removed.

File names should be of the type AMSauthorsurname.doc or .rtf for ease of identification. Diagrams, maps, and illustrations should be made into an eps file or a tif file and the file name should be AMSauthorsurname1.eps or .tif (where the number is the figure number) – please see below for further information regarding technical specifications. If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

Contributors should keep one copy of the typescript for correcting proofs.

Open Access Policies: Please visit Open Access Publishing at Cambridge for information on our open access policies, compliance with major finding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

3. Text preparation

Spelling and punctuation may conform either to British or American usage, providing it is consistent throughout. In either case quotation should follow the style of the original.

Use -ize (as in organize), connection, enquiry, judgement, focussed, role; elite, regime (without accents), but communiqué.

English Language Editing Services: Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. We list a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and / or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate. Please see the Language Services page for more information.

Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author’s own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.

Quotations: Long quotations (i.e., of 50 words or more) will be set apart in smaller type, without quotation marks. They should also be indicated on the typescript. Shorter quotations will be set in the text, with double quotations within quotations, use single inside double.

Punctuation: All commas and periods ending quotations should appear inside the quotation marks; other punctuation goes outside unless it is actually part of the matter quoted.

But: Did the sun never shine on “a cause of greater worth”?

Ellipsis within a sentence should be indicated by three … spaced periods. Ellipsis at the end of a sentence should be indicated by three spaced periods following the sentence period, i.e. four periods in all.

Indentation: The first line of articles and of sections within articles and of reviews should not be indented. All other paragraphs begin with indentation.

Dates: 13 January 1976 (but 13 Jan. in footnotes); March 1978; 1920s; 1965-68; 1904- 08 (except in headings: 1771-1773); seventeenth century; always abbreviate months in footnotes.

Figures: Spell one to ninety-nine in text, except e.g. 75 voted for, 39 against, and 15 abstained. Spell only one to nine in footnotes. 15 percent (but use % in footnotes).

Abbreviations: Mr., Dr., Jr., Sr. (as in Richard Henry Dana, Sr.); but USA, USSR, UN, NATO, ACLS, DAB, PMLA (without periods). Ibid., et al., etc., loc. cit. (Latin with periods).

Tables: Use space rather than vertical rules, unless the latter are absolutely essential sources and notes should appear immediately below each table.

Footnotes should be used sparingly: in general, to give sources of direct quotations, references to main authorities on disputable questions, and evidence relied on for a new or unusual conclusion. They should be numbered consecutively.

Capitalization: southern, northern, southerner, northerner, governor, President of the United States, South, North, Midwest.

Citations should wherever possible be to authoritative editions rather than to paperback reprints of no textual authority.

Books should be cited complete with publisher’s name:

Mark M. Smith, The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), 52-87

Emily Rosenberg and Shannon Fitzpatrick, eds., Body and Nation: The Global Realm of U.S. Body Politics in the Twentieth Century (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014)

John W. Blassingame, ed., The Frederick Douglass Papers: Series 1: Speeches, Debates and Interviews, 1864-80 Volume 4 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1991)

Caroline Levander, Where is American Literature? (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)

Subsequent citations should be indicated thus:

Immediately following: Ibid., 47.

Within the next ten footnotes: Levander, Where is American Fiction…, 271-78 Avoid op. cit.

Journals should be cited as follows:

Daniel Matlin, “Who Speaks for Harlem? Kenneth B. Clark, Albert Murray and the Controversies of Black Urban Life,” Journal of American Studies Volume 46, No 4 (November 2012), 875-894

Avoid Roman numerals. Indicate volume numbers by italicising, thus: 64

Vol. No. Ch. Pt. all cap.

Page numbers: 152-55, 113-257, 1365-69

Abbreviations to be italic, e.g. Journal of American History hereafter abbreviated to JAH.

Weekly magazines

“Who controls the Democratic Party?” Time, 19 Sept. 1975, 19-24


Norman Mailer, “Reflections on James Baldwin’s ‘Apocalypse'”, New York Times, 9 Oct. 1968, 23.

Abstracts and Author Biographical note:

Each article should have an abstract, of not more than 100 words in which authors summarise core aspects of their intellectual argument aimed not only at a specialist but also a general reader. This should not include material that is copied and pasted from the introduction or elsewhere in the article; it should, instead, be a discrete piece of writing.

A brief biographical note about the author for the foot of the final page should also be included. This should be no longer than 200 words, and should include present position, any notable publications you have previously published, and, if relevant, any acknowledgements that you wish to make.

4. Images Preparation (as applicable)

Contributors are responsible for obtaining high resolution files and permission to reproduce any visual material – maps; diagrams; artwork etc – in which they do not own copyright, to be used in both print and electronic media, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

The technical specifications are as follows:
Line artwork (graphs) should be saved at 1200dpi and saved as TIFF or EPS files. Halftones (photographs) should be saved at 300dpi and ideally saved as TIFF files. Combination images should be supplied in TIFF (.tif) or vector EPS (.eps) format, saved at a minimum resolution of 600dpi. All figures must include an accompanying figure legend. Photographs should include reference to sources. Figure legends to be included at the end of the Word document after the references. All figures must be cited in the text. Figures must be supplied at approximately the size of reproduction (maximum 120mm x160mm). The print version of Journal of American Studies does not support colour figures, therefore please indicate if you wish colour figures to be published online in colour. Images downloaded from the internet tend to be low resolution, that is 72 or 96dpi, meaning that they will not provide adequate quality when printed. If you wish to use an image which appears on a website, please contact the site’s administrator, or the creator of the image, and obtain a copy of the high resolution original. Authors who wish to submit figures as supplementary materials should contact the Editors at the contact information provided above.

For more information, please refer to the Cambridge Artwork Guide.

5. Proofs

Typographical or factual errors only may be changed at proof stage. The publisher reserves the right to charge authors for correction of non-typographical errors.

6. Offprints

Authors will receive a PDF file of their article upon publication.


Last updated 03/02/2015